My sister and I are doing a Instagram challenge for the month of January. One of the prompts was bubble bath. Now with my new fascination on learning everything there is to drawing with the app Procreate, I decided try to draw a bubble bath in Procreate.
What I love about Procreate is I’m able to incorporate my own photography into creating brushes. I used a textured brush that I made from a pine tree photograph to accent and give texture to the plants. With the hair towel, I used a photo of a quilt that I made into a quilt texture brush . The marble floor is from a photograph of a marble floor that I made into a brush.
These are stressful times with Covid, daily life pressures, all the crap that’s happening in the political world. It’s important to take time out for yourself. Do some thing that will give you the peace and quiet that you so deserve. It’s so important to your mental and physical health. So if it’s taking a bubble bath, sitting by the fireplace and reading, going for a walk outside, whatever it may be, take your time.
For me, it’s creating art. Getting lost in my imagination and working on getting my ideas on top paper, the iPad, writing. Taking a walk with my husband and dogs.
Earth Day is an annual celebration of an environmental movement. Recently, I have been hearing how the Pandemic has really gone to reducing pollution since people are staying indoors. With next to little to no use of cars, trains, airplanes, factories, pollution has shown signs of reducing. Even though this not a feasible way to help protect the environment, this might help Environmentalist to create a plan for the future on our fight to protect Mother Earth.
If you haven’t seen Moving Art on Netflix, here is a trailer of season 2 that will captivate you! There are 3 seasons of this beautiful cinematography with outstanding music. A great TV show to watch on Earth Day!
My Mother’s Cavalier, Princess Fiona, loves her Mommy very much. Little Princess Fiona has been sick but has recovered very well from a long illness. It was my own Mother’s love and devotion to Princess Fiona that has kept Princess Fiona going. I know that if Princess Fiona could talk, she would be saying these special words to my Mother. This can be personalized!
For over 10 years, I have had lower back pain. It wasn’t one thing that caused my lower back pain. My problem areas is herniated disc at L3 and degeneration at L4-L5.
Thought the years, I have had to apart new ways to move my body, do daily activities and manage the pain as best I can. Doing all of these with as minimal use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, physical therapist, nurse. I am just a person who has been battling with lower back pain for years. I am always looking for tips and tricks on managing back pain. I am writing this post to offer to those of you who have pain in their back looking for ways to ease it.
Here is what I have found to help me with lower back pain.
There are many different creams on the market that I have tried.
Great cream that I use at night before bed. It helps relax the muscles when I sleep. Sleeping is tough on the back so this is a big help. I have used this on a stiff neck and shoulder. Wonderful stuff!
Great for nerve pain and when the lower back is on fire.
Let’s talk pillows! I find that my problems with my spine happen a lot during sleep. I am a stomach sleeper which is awful for the lower back. Over the years, I have tried so many different pillows. Here are the ones that I find to be fantastic for the shoulder, neck, and back.
Ok, I know this might look uncomfortable. BUT, let me tell you that it’s so comfortable and fits the neck perfectly. It gives a comfortable position for the shoulder to have some support. If you have tendonitis, minor tears in the shoulder or love to sleep on your side, it takes the pressure off the shoulder. This pillow has been a game-changer for me. Slowly it has taught me to sleepless on my stomach and more on my back or side. It took about 4-6 days to learn how to sleep with it.
This is a great pillow to place between your legs for lower back support. It’s not to thin or thick. To read more about good sleep positions for your lower back pain- Slide Show: Sleep Positions Mayo Clinic
You might think, why is she bringing up fashion for lower back pain? Well, shoes and purses are something I have had to make adjustments with. High heels and low heels have put a strain on my lower back. There are many different sneakers and shoes out there that are made for comfort. Here are my top ones that take the pressure off the lower back.
The most comfortable shoe/sneaker for walking and staying on your feet all day. I find they give great support for the lower back. I have been able to do hours of walking with these runners and not had strain placed on my lower back.
The loungers and slippers are also made for comfort!
What is beside me is my chair. Because of my back problems, sitting is not an option for very long. I work on my computer that is a standing desk (VersaTables). When I need to sit because standing all day is tiring, I have my chair right next to me to rest for about 20 minutes. If I go any longer, my back hurts.
It’s hard to always sit down and write out all the things you are grateful for. There is always something to do much more important. So I decided to come up with this Gratitude Activity.
Take the day of the week and use that day to come up with what you are grateful for. It can just be words or full sentences. It is all up to you!
For example Saturday
Smiles from my kids
Taking a walk with my dogs
Under Armour fleece pants
Reading my page a day calendar
Dogs that have been and are currently in my life
Art that I create daily
Yams with corn and feta cheese
This is a fun challenge that you can do every day or as much as you can. At the end of the day, good or bad, remind yourself of the things, people, activities that you are grateful for. It will only help.
Why is it that I go through days where I find there are not enough hours for me to get things done.
Then there are other days when boredom strikes out of nowhere. I find that on days where it’s raining; the weather is gloomy, boredom rears its ugly head.
Here are a few of my ideas when boredom strikes you!
I love TV, and there are some great streaming shows on currently that I’d like to share with you.
Durrells In Corfu
Annie with an E
Grace and Frankie
Instant hotel- reality
If you’re not into watching television, Audibles.com is an excellent site hooked up with Amazon that you can download a book and listen to it. I have listened to my audiobook doing some activities, such as: